5 of the best real ale pubs in North Somerset

The Black Horse at Clapton-in-Gordano

The Black Horse at Clapton-in-Gordano - Credit: Archant

For the beer connoisseur there is nothing like a visit to a pub that specialises in real ales. Here are 5 of our favourites.

The Plough at Congresbury

The Plough at Congresbury - Credit: Archant

Plough, Congresbury BS49 5JA

Tel: 01934 877402

CAMRA Bristol & District Branch Pub of the year for last 3 years (2013, 2014 and 2015) this pub has a range of cask conditioned beer selected from West Country brewers such as Yeovil Ales, RCH. Butcombe, Cheddar Ales, Otter and St Austels among many others.

The Crown, Churchill BS25 5PP

Tel: 01934 852995

With eight real ales to choose from and a recommendation by the Good Pub Guide which says the pub has a “super range of real ales”, this is a must visit for any ardent real ale fan. These ales include Bath Gem, Bass, Butcombe Bitter, Cotleigh Barn Owl, Palmers IPA, RCH IPA, St Austell Tribute and Twisted Oak Old Barn.

The Black Horse at Clapton-in-Gordano

The Black Horse at Clapton-in-Gordano - Credit: Archant

Black Horse, Clapton-in-Gordano, BS20 7RH


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Tel: 01275 842105

Recommended by The Good Pub Guide who honoured it with its beer award, this character filled pub dates back to the 14th century. It has Bath Gem, Brains SA, Butcombe Bitter, Courage Best and Otter Ale on handpump or tapped from the cask, as well as two farm ciders.

The Royal Oak

The Royal Oak - Credit: Archant

Royal Oak, Clevedon BS21 7QN

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Tel: 01275 563879

Situated near the seafront this mid-terrace pub serves three regular beers, Butcombe Bitter, Fuller’s London Pride, Sharp’s Doom Bar and one guest beer. It is listed in the Good Beer Guide and in 2010 it won Best Beer Pub of the Year from Punch Taverns

Windmill at Portishead

Windmill at Portishead - Credit: Archant

Windmill, Portishead, BS20 6JZ

Tel: 01275 818483

Labelled as ‘worth a visit’ and given a beer award by the Good Pub Guide this pub serves Bass, Butcombe and Courage ales as well as local guests. The pub has recently been restyled and its curving glass frontage that rises two storeys makes the most of its terrific panorama over Bristol Channel.

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